ANTARCTIC FLAGS

Launched: 3 October 2012. Last updated: 4 October 2014

This is a site that features various flags—sledge flags, flags taken on expeditions, flags flown on ships, any flags with Antarctic connections.


Soon, there will be a database of Antarctic Flags at this location; but at the moment, you can see some of the flags in question up in the cloud.


Chivalry at the Poles: British Sledge Flags, by Barbara Tomlinson, Curator, The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. An excellent illustrated account that appeared in the Proceedings of the XIX International Congress of Vexillology, 2001.

Sledge flags, their origin and development, by H. G. Carr, appeared in the 'Mariner's Mirror', Jan 1941, Vol. 27, no. 1, p.5


Paula Williams of the National Library of Scotland has been working with Malcolm Good on an inventory of sledge flags associated with the Terra Nova expedition. Among the fields: Name, Sledge flag or other, Present location, Further information.


MENTIONS OF FLAGS IN BOOKS AND EXPEDITION ACCOUNTS

"In 1957, the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition closely followed Bruce's planned route and took his Saltire (the Scottish flag) from the 1902-04 voyage and flew it at the South Pole."
Scotia Expedition. 1902-04.
Source: Harrison, John, Forgotten Footprints, p.248.




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